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What is the treatment like? 

Treatments for hepatitis C have become more effective. There is currently a form of drug therapy available that can clear the virus, on average, in more than half of those treated. The treatment can work in as many as eight out of ten people, for some types of the virus.

The drug therapy

The two main drugs used for treatment of hepatitis C are called pegylated interferon and ribavirin. You will either receive these two drugs together or pegylated interferon alone. Treatment usually lasts for six or 12 months.

Your specialist will discuss with you what treatment is available and whether it is appropriate for you.

What are the side effects?

The drugs used to treat hepatitis C can have a number of side effects that can be significant. However, these may not affect everyone in the same way or to the same degree.

The most common side effects are tiredness, headaches, aches and pains and nausea. Others may include anaemia, depression, itching and skin rashes. Your specialist doctor or nurse will be able to help you manage your side effects.

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